Walnut Creek: Capital spending projects prioritized for formal plan
WALNUT CREEK — Walnut Creek residents might have a tough time keeping up with all the various plans that either now shape or will help shape their city.
There’s the General Plan, the West Downtown Specific Plan, the Bicycle Plan, the Climate Action Plan, the Maintenance Master Plan and the Creek Restoration Plan.
But if residents stayed to the end of Tuesday’s council meeting, they got a glimpse into one more plan in the works: The 2016-2026 Capital Investment Program Work Plan.
City staff late Tuesday night provided an update of the 10-year CIP work plan, tentatively scheduled to be presented as a draft to the council in August.
The CIP informs the budget decisions of the council, and is regularly updated with input from many different city departments.
Council members agreed with city staff that two potential large projects should proceed without waiting for the CIP to be made more formal — Clarke Swim Center renovations and a proposed downtown parking garage.
Those two projects are being studied currently, and will eventually be incorporated into the CIP.
The CIP is broken into segments of two years, with different projects given priority in each time period, and potential funding sources identified.
In addition to mapping out the parking and swimming pool projects, the city staff will identify roadway, building and parks maintenance priorities.
A recent survey of city pavement conditions will be used to identify potholes that need filling.
The CIP plan will also contain a list reviewed by the Transportation Commission of the highest priority roadway and parking projects to receive funding from a Traffic Impact Fee paid by developers.
A report presented to the council Tuesday indicated the impact fee-eligible projects will not be fully covered by available funding, and a higher impact fee will likely be necessary.
The council will have to vote on any increase of the traffic impact fee, and public discussion will precede any vote.
Separately, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission has been evaluating parks use and amenities in order to present a vision to the council which staff will use to identify projects to include in the Capital Investment Program.